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North Shore for Sale (Pearl Johnson)
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North Shore for Sale
The Planning and Zoning committee met with Sierra Club's executive director Jeff Mikulina on August 23. We agreed that the planned sale of 1800 acres on the North Shore should be closely monitored and information shared between League and the Sierra Club. The Campbell Estate is offering the 1800 acres, located along the coastline bordering the Turtle Bay resort and a separate area mauka of Kamehameha Highway. Most of the land is now leased to farmers, among them the shrimp hatchery next to Turtle Bay.
Although the lands are zoned for agricultural use, developers with plans to sell multi-million dollar residences will only view the rezoning process as a challenge. If any member hears of plans for these lands, please let me know.
Another subject needing the attention of the Committee is the commercial use of public land. The Department of Land and Natural Resources is now in the process of drafting rules.
League testified in support of a resolution urging continued agricultural use of Kamilonui Valley in Hawaii Kai. The City Council's planning committee passed the resolution, which was later passed by the full Council.
Although not within the purview of Planning and Zoning, the subject of desalination of water came up. Mikulina says the Board of Water Supply will spend $50 million to build a pilot plant and use lots of electricity (meaning oil) to convert brackish water to fresh. Can you think of better ways to spend $50 million?
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